Andrew has often said that the greatest gifts the artworks bring to him are the loving relationships that develop when people start collecting his sculptures and paintings.
Two special friendships formed early with Bob and Natalie Tublitz. Andrew first met Natalie and Bob in 1996 when they purchased the Joie de Vivre which Andrew delivered and helped installed to their home in Stockbridge. Through the years a loving bond developed, with Natalie herself instrumental in launching the DeVries Fine Art International in Lenox. Bob shared Andrew’s love of the ballet along with a myriad of other topics and dinners at their home were always engaging. With Natalie the gracious hostess, Bob would ask probing questions and listen intently to answers before adding his own insights.
When Bob passed away this spring it was a terrible loss. Natalie asked Andrew to help design their memorial and chose First Dance to be mounted on the stone. Natalie said Bob loved that sculpture because of the joyful feeling it gave him but they never could find the right place for it in their home. “So now he finally has It.” said Natalie.
The stone and sculpture were installed on a beautiful fall November morning at the Stockbridge cemetery with a gathering of friends to witness. All who attended remarked how beautifully the memorial stone and sculpture looked together and the mornings’ ritual finished with a champagne toast to Bob’s memory – a touching celebration of a beautiful life.
To Andrew the memorial is a loving testimony to Bob and Natalie, their love for each other and the love they hold for Andrew and his sculpture.